Begins Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Thursdays, 6:00PM CST - 8:00PM CST.
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Class meetings will be held over video chat, using Zoom accessed from our private class page. There is no need to purchase books. Also, no syllabus is necessary because the prompts will be a surprise each week!
This class is geared towards writing for ages 8–12.
- To help students new to children's writing get comfortable exploring the genre.
- To help students generate work in the children's writing genre.
- To keep students motivated to write during the week with optional take-home exercises.
STUDENTS LOVE TINA
“Tina is a truly exceptional teacher always ready to offer feedback, facilitate discussions, and give informative ‘craft talks’ on various literary/writing devices. She provides both constructive and positive criticism, listening carefully and attentively to your piece, with many insights to share with you on what she thinks works well and what might need some reworking. This insight has caused me as a writer to not only feel more positive and confident about myself, but has opened my eyes to the little nuances and details that give the piece its distinctive uniqueness. Coming into class with Tina on Saturday is truly one of the highlights of my day, and I always leave with a smile on my face after hearing what she thinks about my piece for that week.”—Saumya Sawant, student
“Tina has a disarming demeanor that allows for self-conscious writers to open up. I have seen writers cry in her class as they read their pieces. I have also seen laughter and bonding that only come from a teacher that cares. She has a keen eye when reading, thus, giving suggestions to improve one’s writing that is catered to your style and genre. I cannot recommend her enough!”—Abeer Kashmeeri, student
“I have come to know Tina over the past few years as a dedicated and innovative teacher, as well as a talented writer and generous colleague. She has the perfect combination of a kind heart and a keen eye. Her students come away with both inspiration and tools to succeed in their creative writing endeavors.”—Nora Raleigh Baskin (award-winning author of 15 novels for young adults)
"Tina Tocco is an exceptional teacher and colleague. She holds herself to a high standard and goes to great lengths to bring both substantial content to her students as well as provide insightful, encouraging guidance. She brings her extensive knowledge of the writing craft to her classes and is able to adapt her teaching to all levels. As her co-teacher, I was impressed with her thorough preparation and willingness to dive into new territory with our video series. Her students use one word to describe her: fabulous."—Nancy McMillan, Director of Writing and Literature Programs, Arts Escape, Southbury, CT
Instructor: Tina Tocco
Class Starts September 22nd, 2022
Course is fully ONLINE and will meet weekly via Zoom from 6:00PM CST - 8:00PM CST.
Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.
Instructor Tina Tocco is a Pushcart Prize nominee. As a writer for both children and adults, her work has appeared in kiddie magazines like AppleSeeds, Boys’ Quest, Cadet Quest, Cricket, Guideposts for Kids on the Web, Highlights for Children, Highlights High Five, Humpty Dumpty, Odyssey, On the Line, PEEKS & valleys, Pockets Magazine, Spider, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, and in literary journals, including New Ohio Review, River Styx, Sou’wester, Potomac Review, and Italian Americana.
Her children’s poetry collection, The Hungry Snowman and Other Poems, was released by Kelsay Books in 2019; her grown-up work was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press) and other anthologies.
Tina was a runner-up for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s Work-in-Progress Grant. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell.